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    Amazon workers test positive for covid-19 at 10 U.S. warehouses

    Yep, I know we have Corona Virus threads all over the place but because some are very specific to certain subjects, this being Amazon workers, this news is going here. These big warehouses IMO have the potential for major spread of the disease.

    The spike in positive tests for the disease caused by the novel coronavirus comes as the e-commerce giant races to hire 100,000 workers to meet massive shopper demand.


    SEATTLE — The U.S. coronavirus outbreak has spread to at least 10 Amazon warehouses, infecting workers racing to deliver massive volumes of packages for consumers leery of leaving their homes to shop.

    In the past few days, workers tested positive for covid-19 at Amazon warehouses and shipping facilities across the country, from New York to California and Michigan to Texas. In some cases, Amazon shut down facilities for cleaning, and some workers who were in close contact with their infected colleagues have been quarantined.

    But some workers complain Amazon hasn’t provided them with enough information about the spread of virus in their facilities.

    Bobbi Johnson heard rumors at her sortation center but only found out there was an infected co-worker after confronting a human resources staffer in the break room. Worried about her immunocompromised children, she took off three days last week and another two this week and is nervous about returning, but she needs the paycheck.


    https://www.washingtonpost.com/techn...irus-positive/

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    New York launches investigation after Amazon fires worker who led walkout
    NEW YORK—Amazon’s arbitrary firing of Christian Smalls, the worker who led a walkout from the monster retail distributor’s Staten Island, N.Y., warehouse over the coronavirus threat to himself and his colleagues, has drawn both union flak and a potential investigation by state Attorney General Letitia James.

    Smalls raised concerns about exposure of himself and his colleagues to another worker who tested positive for the coronavirus, officially known as COVID-19. He cited Amazon’s “lack of safety protocols” for the workers at the warehouse.

    “We’re not asking for much. We’re asking the building to be closed and sanitized, and for us to be paid,” Smalls told CNN before the walkout from the firm’s JFK8 warehouse. He called it a “virtual breeding ground” for social transmission of the coronavirus.

    When Amazon responded with vague statements dismissing the workers’ concerns—even though New York City, including Staten Island, is the current U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic—Smalls, a 31-year-old assistant manager, led more than a dozen colleagues in the March 30 walkout.
    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...o-led-walkout/

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    Default Re: Amazon exploits workers, retail union charges in slamming LIC move

    “We’re not asking for much. We’re asking the building to be closed and sanitized, and for us to be paid,” Smalls told CNN before the walkout from the firm’s JFK8 warehouse. He called it a “virtual breeding ground” for social transmission of the coronavirus."

    It's not too much to ask at all. What Smalls is talking about is reality. I do not wish to be part of their science project in any way either.

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    Default Re: Amazon exploits workers, retail union charges in slamming LIC move

    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    New York launches investigation after Amazon fires worker who led walkout


    https://www.peoplesworld.org/article...o-led-walkout/
    Quote Originally Posted by 222lifer View Post
    “We’re not asking for much. We’re asking the building to be closed and sanitized, and for us to be paid,” Smalls told CNN before the walkout from the firm’s JFK8 warehouse. He called it a “virtual breeding ground” for social transmission of the coronavirus."

    It's not too much to ask at all. What Smalls is talking about is reality. I do not wish to be part of their science project in any way either.

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    THere is always two sides to every story and NO I am not sticking up for Amazon..But this guy was suppose to be in quarantine and he came out to lead the charge putting other workers in danger.. He was being paid to sit home.. Everything he did he could have done it by phone.. This is why he was fired.. Not because he organized the walkout.. But he does deserve his day in court with the NLRB..

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    Well, it's not over!

    Defiant Amazon workers are planning to strike again at the same warehouse where a strike organizer was fired last week

    Last week, Amazon fired a Staten Island warehouse worker who led a walkout over concerns that workers could be exposed to coronavirus. Today, workers in the same warehouse are planning to walk off the job again.

    Organizers of the protest say they've seen a spike in delivery orders, forcing warehouses into overdrive even as COVID-19 cases have been confirmed at more than 50 warehouses nationwide. The workers are calling on Amazon to shut down warehouses with confirmed cases temporarily for sanitation and to provide paid sick leave to all workers.
    Amazon defended the conditions in its warehouses in a statement to Business Insider, saying that it has increased the regularity and intensity of cleanings at its warehouses, is enforcing social distancing, and has set hand-cleaning and desk-sanitizing standards for employees. The company doesn't provide paid sick leave to all warehouse workers, but has said workers with a COVID-19 diagnosis will get sick pay. It also changed its policy to allow unlimited unpaid sick leave (workers would previously have been fired for taking too much time off).
    https://www.businessinsider.com/amaz...r-fired-2020-4

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    I try not to shop much with Amazon but I will admit right now we are doing exactly that. We have no choice with everything closed down here in New Mexico. Remember when we all used to talk about how much Walmart had destroyed the business community, mom and pop businesses, along with so many other stores? We could not have imagined what Amazon would do and I think we are all guilty of helping them. It is time for them to unionize!!!

    Amazon Will Not Change Without a Union

    Since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, Jeff Bezos has gotten $24 billion richer. Amazon’s stock price has risen more than 40% since mid-March. This explosive creation of corporate wealth has coincided with an unprecedented level of labor activism against Amazon, including multiple well-publicized workplace walkouts, protests, and a growing drumbeat of negative PR about the company’s handling of the pandemic, particularly regarding the workplace safety of warehouse workers. There has never been as much coordinated labor action against Amazon. And Amazon has never been more successful. If the goal is to truly change Amazon, it’s time to make the strategy sharper.

    Yes, Amazon is a behemoth. It is not just a trillion-dollar company run by the world’s richest man; it is a machine that is slowly eradicating the traditional retail industry in America and changing the entire landscape of work. It is the engine that will eliminate millions of service industry jobs and reconstitute them as warehouse jobs. For this reason, Amazon warehouse workers are the most strategically important workers in America for the labor movement. If unions aspire to the fundamental goal of ensuring that working people get a fair share of the proceeds of the economy they create, then unions must be able to exert serious influence in the strongest parts of the economy. It’s that simple. If unions are relegated to economic niches, they will not be able to transform the economy in favor of workers in the way they should. And for decades, with the decline of manufacturing and the rise of anti-labor law, this is exactly what has been happening. If Amazon is America’s most powerful company, the influence of organized labor must be strong inside Amazon. Otherwise, organized labor cannot accomplish its mission on a national scale. The efforts of labor campaigns should be evaluated with this reality in mind.
    http://inthesetimes.com/working/entr...ons-jeff-bezos

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    Unions rally to urge Amazon to add more local laborers
    TOWN OF MONTGOMERY- More than 70 workers, teachers and residents rallied Monday morning across the street from Amazon site off Route 17K to urge the company to hire more local laborers.

    They stood 6 feet apart holding signs reading “Petillo Inc. unfair to members of local 445,” next to their cars that lined up nearly half a mile while trucks came back and forth at the site. Some passing vehicles honked to show their support.

    Dan Maldonado, president of Teamsters Local 445, said they are hoping to get the contractor to the table and discuss hiring more local workers. He added it’s unfair that some local truckers are out of work while nine out-of-state trucks were seen at the site.

    “We’ll stay here as long as we can,” said Maldonado.

    Maldonado said the contractor refused his request to even get involved in a conversation about bringing in more local truckers. The teamsters plan to continue picketing until they get a deal. About 50 construction workers showed up on Monday.
    https://www.recordonline.com/news/20...local-laborers

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    Quote Originally Posted by ABFwife View Post
    Unions rally to urge Amazon to add more local laborers


    https://www.recordonline.com/news/20...local-laborers
    This is local near me,Amazon was suppose to be using I believe 85% local labor as their agreement with Orange county NY.. that in exchange for big tax breaks.. Talked to someone I know yesterday that is still in construction with Local 445.. He sent me those pictures.. What gets me is that warehouse they are building because it is Amazon is considered essential.. From what I have read over the last few months it will be for seasonal furniture.. Don't see if that is true how it is considered essential..

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    Default Re: Amazon exploits workers, retail union charges in slamming LIC move

    Freight news but specifically about this company.

    Aiming to lock down truckload capacity, Amazon goes nationwide with its freight brokerage

    Amazon this month rolled out its freight brokerage operation nationwide, a strategic move that not only brings the company into competition with other large digital brokerages like Uber Freight and Convoy, but that also is intended to give the company leverage over its retailer and shipper rivals during peak shipping seasons.

    The company confirmed to CCJ via email that it has expanded its brokerage arm to the entire lower 48 states, coming roughly 18 months after the online retail giant launched a small pilot program of its brokerage in five Northeast states. The company has opened up its freight.amazon.com portal to more shippers and is trying to lock in capacity from small- and mid-sized fleets.

    Unlike Uber Freight and Convoy, however, Amazon isn’t just selling service as a freight-matcher that connects shippers to carriers. Rather, the company’s broader goal is to build a nationwide network of trucking capacity that it can use to its own advantage as a mega-shipper itself.
    “They want to own that market,” said Krieg. “They want to gather up capacity so they can dictate middle-mile rates.” Building a network large enough to be able to dictate rates as a brokerage operator not only will help Amazon control its own shipping costs, but it could give the company the ability to squeeze its retail competitors on costs and delivery timing. Given the volume of its own shipping needs, Amazon doesn’t need to turn a profit, necessarily, in the brokerage operation to make it valuable to the company as a whole.
    https://www.ccjdigital.com/amazon-fr...s-nationwide/#

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    Union protest against Amazon hits the four-week mark
    TOWN OF MONTGOMERY- Six-year-old Mia Maher woke up Monday morning around 8 a.m. to the sound of cowbells and ran down the stairs hoping to see a parade. But she found more than a dozen protesters with signs standing on the sidewalk a couple feet from the porch, said her father, town Supervisor Brian Maher.

    Those people who showed up in front of the supervisor’s house in the Village of Walden are members of Teamsters Local 445 who have picketed at the Amazon site off Route 17K for three weeks to urge the company to hire more local laborers.

    Per the payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT) agreement, the $75.2 million project is required to hire at least 85 percent local laborers and the company expects to create 300 construction jobs.

    Dan Maldonado, president of Teamsters Local 445, said on the first day of protest that it’s unfair some local truckers are out of work while nine out-of-state trucks were seen at the site. The contractor, Petillo Inc., refused his request to even get involved in a conversation about bringing in more teamsters, he said.
    https://www.recordonline.com/news/20...four-week-mark

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